Hear from those who have worked with Dean
As a new CIO I became a client of Dean’s with a view to managing my transition from Director to a more senior leadership role at the College. Dean’s coaching skills helped me step back from a rather entrenched view of management that was creating friction at this new level, and adopt a more holistic view of senior management and its role in an organization. Building on from our time together has benefited me and my organization. This recommendation is an indication of the esteem I hold for our work together. Recommended.
An introductory call to Dean rapidly confirmed that her coaching style would be appropriate for me. She is direct, clear in her questions and very supportive. Her process is very flexible and often filled with humour. As my coach she held me accountable to my commitments, which was necessary and appreciated. I was quite surprised at how easily she led me to discover certain truths in my decision making process that I had been unable to see on my own. No matter the reason, business or personal, I strongly believe that a conversation with Dean will prove to be invaluable.
I worked with Dean in her role as an Executive coach and came away from the experience with more focus, personal awareness and a better understanding of what I need to do, to become the most effective leader I can be. I admit, I was skeptical in the beginning about how effective an engagement like this could really be. However through regular meetings with Dean, her own leadership style, a direct approach and her ability to question my perspective and approach without being offensive, arrogant or condescending in any way really put me at ease. We developed a great professional rapport through the process and it allowed me to really reflect on myself and my performance, to help set clear challenges for my growth and development. I sincerely enjoyed the experience and appreciated Dean’s support throughout, I would recommend her as an Executive Coach for anyone wanting to honestly improve aspects of their leadership and not be afraid to clearly reflect on themselves.
Dean Burgess gets my highest recommendation as an executive coach and mentor. Her unique ability to recognize, understand, and explain complex business relationships has revolutionized my thinking, and most importantly, my actions.Dean Burgess gets my highest recommendation as an executive coach and mentor. Her unique ability to recognize, understand, and explain complex business relationships has revolutionized my thinking, and most importantly, my actions. Along the way there have been surprising (and sometimes painful) personal realizations, but Dean’s mentoring continues to make me a better person every day. Dean did not hesitate to tactfully, but directly point out areas that needed to be considered a different way, and proved to be right 100% of the time with her observations, opinions, and suggestions. I name Dean as one of the top contributors to the success that I enjoy as a business and technology leader today.
Dean was my executive coach for 6 months. There was an immediate comfort level and rapport established. I love her technical background and she inspired me to be my best. The knowledge and wisdom Dean gave to me has been a great help and support. I know my future success will have a direct correlation to her coaching and mentorship. Dean illustrated the benefits of strengthening different muscles, reinforced leaning in and confirming the importance of how to show up. She challenged me with thought provoking questions and raised my self awareness. I really look forward to the day I can do the same for someone else.
I had the real pleasure of having Dean as a coach for just over a year, during an exceptionally challenging time in my career. Dean was recommended to me by a colleague who I trust, and I appreciated her ability to make me laugh even when pushing me to tackle tough questions and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. I deeply valued her real life experience and wisdom that was always quietly present in the background as it made me feel like she could relate, and as needed focus our conversations. There are many great coaches in the world, but feeling truly understood while being coached, is a gift. I would highly recommend Dean and look forward to using her more within the organization I work with.
Dean is excellent. She is forthright and probing, and her time in senior offices brings invaluable business insights. She asks questions that force me to work through my issues and plans. When needed, Dean is very good as my ‘social mirror’ to help me ensure my perspective is balanced with those whom I work.